2019 NBA Draft Rumors: Hawks Eyeing Trade Up from No. 8 for Jarrett Culver

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2019

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 14: NBA Draft Prospect, Jarrett Culver poses for a portrait at the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery on May 14, 2019 at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Hawks aim to utilize their 2019 NBA draft capital to move up and select Texas Tech star Jarrett Culver, according to Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo.

Atlanta owns the Nos. 8, 10 and 17 overall picks following a reported trade with the Brooklyn Nets, which cannot become official until July 6. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets will send Allen Crabbe, the No. 17 pick and a lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick to the Hawks in exchange for forward Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick.

If and when that deal goes through, Atlanta will have six selections in the 2019 draft.

Woo noted that the Hawks may need to jump the Phoenix Suns, who will pick sixth, if they want Culver. Per Woo, the Suns are "extremely high" on Culver.

Culver led the Red Raiders to their first national championship berth in 2018-19. He averaged 18.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting while adding 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

In the 2019 NCAA tournament, he put up 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals.

As the numbers indicate, the 6'5", 195-pound guard is a playmaker on both ends of the court.

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As of June 5, according to SNY TV's Ian Begley, Culver had worked out for the New York Knicks (No. 3 pick), Los Angeles Lakers (No. 4), Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 5), Phoenix and the Chicago Bulls (No. 7).